How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

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From Instagram

11 years apart, fun to share my earliest Baldy laps with my grom’s first Baldy laps today. New trams are pretty fancy. Ready for a refresh to blow some of this nastiness out of the air in the valley, 29th, 2nd, 4th & 7th are all lined up. #yeahbuoy

11 years apart, fun to share my earliest Baldy laps with my grom’s first Baldy laps today. New trams are pretty fancy. Ready for a refresh to blow some of this nastiness out of the air in the valley, 29th, 2nd, 4th & 7th are all lined up. #yeahbuoy ...

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Turkeypop! Dec 7th, seems like storms are stacking, there are a few more buoypops coming over the next week, lots of action in the pacific. Snow inbound on the 29th. Happy Thanksgiving #yeahbuoy

Turkeypop! Dec 7th, seems like storms are stacking, there are a few more buoypops coming over the next week, lots of action in the pacific. Snow inbound on the 29th. Happy Thanksgiving #yeahbuoy ...

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I’m thankful for buoypops, this one which should land around the 4th, and I think we’ve got some bigger pops coming in thanksgiving proper. Some snow incoming for thanksgiving and then next week. #yeahbuoy

I’m thankful for buoypops, this one which should land around the 4th, and I think we’ve got some bigger pops coming in thanksgiving proper. Some snow incoming for thanksgiving and then next week. #yeahbuoy ...

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another beautiful day in the mountains, almost heaven… Next chance of snow on thanksgiving weekend and then double buoypop for the 29th and 1st. #yeahbuoy

another beautiful day in the mountains, almost heaven… Next chance of snow on thanksgiving weekend and then double buoypop for the 29th and 1st. #yeahbuoy ...

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Another buoypop, landing around the 29th/30th. Still holding out for some snow for thanksgiving weekend. Flyby storm is dropping flurries right now, looks like Colorado got some more of this fellla. I heard skiing is amazing in Colorado, tell all your friends. #yeahbuoy

Another buoypop, landing around the 29th/30th. Still holding out for some snow for thanksgiving weekend. Flyby storm is dropping flurries right now, looks like Colorado got some more of this fellla. I heard skiing is amazing in Colorado, tell all your friends. #yeahbuoy ...

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Some really long legs and poles make for faster touring. Pretty clear for the next week with a chance of a flyby storm, but the buoy is popping so we should see some snow around thanksgiving weekend. #yeahbuoy

Some really long legs and poles make for faster touring. Pretty clear for the next week with a chance of a flyby storm, but the buoy is popping so we should see some snow around thanksgiving weekend. #yeahbuoy ...

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Hard to tell what’s what with the tweeter these days, but have a feeling this is legit NWS. Solid start to 22/23 season, we dry out for a little bit with a flyby storm early next week and things may start to get interesting again about 8 or 9 days out. #yeahbuoy

Hard to tell what’s what with the tweeter these days, but have a feeling this is legit NWS. Solid start to 22/23 season, we dry out for a little bit with a flyby storm early next week and things may start to get interesting again about 8 or 9 days out. #yeahbuoy ...

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Proud to announce my sponsorship with dontbeadickie.com. How far we’ve come since Uncle Eddie pioneered this look so many years ago. Wear it down, wear it up, a hit for anyone in the family. Mock Turtleneck got nothing on the cashmere dickie. 80% of with promo code IAMAJACKBAG. #satire

Proud to announce my sponsorship with dontbeadickie.com. How far we’ve come since Uncle Eddie pioneered this look so many years ago. Wear it down, wear it up, a hit for anyone in the family. Mock Turtleneck got nothing on the cashmere dickie. 80% of with promo code IAMAJACKBAG. #satire ...

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21-27” in the last 48 hours depending on whose snow stake you look at & some more through the day into tomorrow. Lots of snow since midnight. Classic warm before the storm, so yea, it was raining at lower elevations. Prob not the day to bag a solo south side superior this am, let the mountains breathe for a minute. 🌹: @utavy #yeahbuoy

21-27” in the last 48 hours depending on whose snow stake you look at & some more through the day into tomorrow. Lots of snow since midnight. Classic warm before the storm, so yea, it was raining at lower elevations. Prob not the day to bag a solo south side superior this am, let the mountains breathe for a minute. 🌹: @utavy #yeahbuoy ...

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Plumes shrooms, either way you cut it, looking good. May want to be mindful of faceted later out there, but game on 22/23 ❄️😀❄️#yeahbuoy

Plumes shrooms, either way you cut it, looking good. May want to be mindful of faceted later out there, but game on 22/23 ❄️😀❄️#yeahbuoy ...

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3/4 lab deep out there. Good to have the Alta snow lab report back, welcome to the pack Raven #yeahbuoy

3/4 lab deep out there. Good to have the Alta snow lab report back, welcome to the pack Raven #yeahbuoy ...

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Hello 22/23, nice to see you. I am grateful for the fall, one of the best in years, and last year wasn’t too shabby. Now it’s time to bring it on! Stoke! #yeahbuoy

Hello 22/23, nice to see you. I am grateful for the fall, one of the best in years, and last year wasn’t too shabby. Now it’s time to bring it on! Stoke! #yeahbuoy ...

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Forecasting lots of this tomorrow, Cute when it’s little kids in a plastic car; not cute when you’re a jackbag wadding up the roads because you’ve got your racing slicks on & don’t know how to drive in the snow. Snow tires are a thing. #dontbeajackbag

Forecasting lots of this tomorrow, Cute when it’s little kids in a plastic car; not cute when you’re a jackbag wadding up the roads because you’ve got your racing slicks on & don’t know how to drive in the snow. Snow tires are a thing. #dontbeajackbag ...

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